Susan Popovich‘s  life, work, and activism can be summarized in one word: commitment.  When Susan commits herself to an organization or cause, she devotes her full energy and heart to that organization’s purpose and people.

Susan’s life experiences demonstrate her willingness to embrace challenges – her inexhaustible capacity to listen and learn – her courage to articulate and stick to strong and progressive democratic values – her ability to bring diverse voices together — leadership skills that will guide the Democratic Party of Santa Fe County to strengthen and evolve.


Susan Popovich with NEA leaders Charles Bowyer, Betty Patterson, Charles Goodmacher.

Susan started her career as an educator in 1969. As a 3rd grade teacher in Pennsylvania and Arizona for 14 years, Susan emerged as a union leader respected by her colleagues. Susan’s leadership continued in Arizona and California, where she served the National Education Association in increasingly responsible roles for the next 23 years – as organizer, regional Executive Director, and state Negotiations andOrganizational Development Specialist. Political activism was fundamental to Susan’s union work, as well as representing individual members in resolving workplace issues and training and supporting California NEA locals in contract negotiations.

Susan dedicated the next eight years of her life to lovingly caring for her mother and brother, until the end of theirs.

Democratic bus tour – 2016.

Political activism became the center of Susan’s life. She organized and led the Santa Fe for Bernie office and Get Out The Vote campaign. She actively engaged in Brian Egolf’s Retake the Roundhouse campaign and Liz Stefanics’ senate campaign, as well as canvassing for numerous candidates and serving as coordinator for the Northern NM Democrat Party bus tour.  Susan serves as vice-chair for Ward 5A.

Susan has learned about the issues and concerns of Santa Fe voters through making literally hundreds of phone calls and walking hundreds of miles canvassing for candidates.

Newly sworn in, DA Marco Serna and County Commissioner Anna Hanson are flanked by DPNM Chair Deb Haaland and Popovich.


This is what organizing looks like!









Good friends.

Susan discusses leadership, the Ward election process, and the Women’s March with Lindsay Conover and Honey Harris, KBAC, 98.1 FM – listen here.


CONTACT SUSAN:  susanpop@aol.com / 951-520-5985